This summer I had a list of things "to do" before #4 arrives and very few items were checked off the list.
Most of the things I wanted to do involved organizing, cleaning, purging, and sorting.
A task that made me hyperventilate just thinking about it!
The biggest job I wanted to tackle before baby comes was going through ALL the boy clothes we have and minimizing. After 3 boys, we have accumulated way more than even one little boy would need.
We also don't have enough room to keep everything. So, for months I have been slowly going through closets and drawers when little "helpers" aren't around and making piles in the laundry room.
Finally, the piles were taking over our laundry room so I set out to tackle the biggest job (sorting 3T to 5T) and deciding what was worth keeping, what my hormonal self could part with, and what I could sell or donate. Whew! I started one night after the kids were in bed and 4 hours later I finished...
Everything is labeled, ready to be stored and used again?!?
After doing this, I had mixed emotions about the sex of this next baby. If it is a boy we are set! If it isn't a boy I am not sure I can part with these tubs of clothes that have so many memories of each boy exploring, growing, and just simply being adorable. I also am hyperventilating thinking about where exactly we would have room for little girl things in this house! Richard reassures me that if by some crazy chance this is a girl she would probably be a tom boy any way so I shouldn't worry about it.
He also doesn't see why she couldn't just wear her big brother's clothes that are still in great shape.
I am 99.9% sure that if I were to ever have a girl
she will be dressed in pink until she has her own opinion!
Then Richard helped me tackle a coat closet one night, our own closet, and I was able to organize a frequently used closet in the hall filled with games, colors, and other fun things.
I have taken an embarrassing amount of clothes to the salvation army and was able to sell some items in a garage sale last weekend. Feels pretty good!
The last part of the project was Isaac's closet as I had sizes 12-24 months in there and needed to get out the 2T for him for this fall.
My great friend Mollie came over and helped me tackle this last step...
I have officially made it through ALL the clothes and it feels amazing!
While I still have a few more smaller projects I wanted to finish I feel much better about this baby's rapidly approaching due date.
What I really want to do is get out the newborn/3 month clothes and wash them up so they are ready.
They are just so small and cute and precious memories of each of our boys flood my hormonal mind as I touch them. Can't believe the 3 big boys we have fit in these little clothes!
I am holding out for a few more weeks to do this so they smell fresh for #4, plus that means this baby really is coming soon!
I also have to wait until Jonah moves downstairs, Isaac moves into Elijah's room and the drawers are empty for baby clothes to fill them.
Now I need to take a break from nesting and rest up...at least for a week or two.
Too bad I am not motivated to finish the boys' baby books....they may or may not be pretty empty.
I have years to do that right?
Or I am sure I will have so much free time when baby #4 comes
that I just won't know what to do with myself?
I will be able to get them done then. Or maybe some other time. We'll see.